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 History

NACS has held an annual meeting since it was founded in 1961. These first meetings were called “annual meetings,” as opposed to today’s “NACS Show.” It wasn’t until 1976 that the meeting even included a true exhibition. While NACS continued to hold annual meetings, the expo was part of the event only every two or three years. View the first ever invitation to the Show from the 1960s.

From 1986 on, the annual meeting included an expo, although those early years featured a greatly scaled-down expo every other year until the early 1990s. In 1993, the annual meeting became the NACS Show. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. Today, the NACS Show is rotated between three cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

​Year Location​ ​Attendance ​Expo Size (net sq. ft.)
​1986 New Orleans 9,330​ 126,000​
​1987 ​Toronto ​3,346 ​7,920
​1988 ​Las Vegas ​11,469 ​169,700
​1989 ​Boston ​5,068 ​36,900
​1990 ​Dallas ​12,252 ​196,500
​1991 ​Orlando 6,800 ​68,000
​1992 ​Atlanta ​12,500 ​183,000
​1993 ​San Francisco* ​11,900 ​171,000
​1994 ​New Orleans ​13,900 ​172,000
​1995 ​Chicago1 ​16,200 ​188,000
​1996 ​Las Vegas ​16,100 ​229,000
​1997 ​Orlando ​19,000 ​253,000
​1998 ​Atlanta ​21,000 ​262,000
​1999 ​Chicago ​23,642 ​278,000
​2000 ​New Orleans ​23,032 ​300,100
​2001 ​Las Vegas ​21,064 ​304,400
​2002 ​Orlando2 22,368 ​372,150
​2003 ​Chicago 22,165 ​369,500
​2004 ​Las Vegas 24​​,365 ​377,400
​2005 ​Las Vegas+ ​22,350 ​372,700
​2006 ​Las Vegas ​22,579 ​384,000
​2007 ​Atlanta ​22,806 ​382,800
​2008 ​Chicago ​21,303 ​382,350
​2009 ​Las Vegas ​22,524 ​348,800
​2010 ​Atlanta ​21,983 ​372,800
​2011 ​Chicago ​22,312 ​387,000
​2012 ​Las Vegas ​24,056 ​381,050
​2013 ​Atlanta ​22,263 ​403,200
​2014 ​Las Vegas ​23,624 403,000​
​2015 ​Las Vegas ​24,392 412,600
​2016 ​Atlanta ​23,301 408,500

 

1 Alliance with the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) begins
2 Alliance with the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) begins
* First time the expo is an annual event and called the NACS Show
+ Show relocated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina